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another day for egyptians to say yes or no to a new military backed constitution after attempts by islamist opponents to sabotage the voting resulted in bloodshed. the u.k. is criticised for refusing to let in syrian war refugees who are struggling to survive one of the world's worst humanitarian crisis in decades. and say hello to a new version of cyberspace where internet providers get to decide which websites you see based on their commercial interests we explain shortly.
you're watching r t international live from our moscow headquarters i'm lindsey france thanks for joining me polling stations have opened across egypt for a second day of voting on a new constitution and has the backing of the transitional government and egypt's powerful military which brought down the islamist president mohammed morsi six months ago in a coup supported by nationwide protests since then the country's new rulers have worked vigorously to cripple the entire power structure of the muslim brotherhood movement jailing its senior members and even declaring it a terrorist organization day one of the constitution voting was overshadowed by fighting across the country which claimed the lives of up to eleven people archies bell true now with a closer look at the landmark referendum. pro-military tunes blaring out of speakers egypt's polling stations that look like party's voters handing red roses
to the soldiers as they guard the stations and others holding posters of egypt's defunct in leader and them forces chief general sisi this all happened on day one it's been a good turnout so far despite the deadly violence sporadic clashes and also of intense security but amid the festivities there's been a notable absence of any discussion about unknown variants the usual lively debates in the police station queues on egypt's media have been missing as have posters calling on egyptian is to reject the constitution this comes after six members of egypt's strong party which actually with the support of the military coup were jailed for putting up billboards calling on egypt to reject the constitution it seems in egypt i mean yes vote is allowed now the governments are pinning their hopes on this affirmation and also on the high turnout for a second day this will be the standard for proof for their political roadmap and certainly the people i spoke to said that they wanted to vote yes and that they were pinning their hopes on general sisi running for president however the morsy
supporters are supporters and muslim brotherhood president mohamed morsi they are not backing down as they run their boycott of the ballots they say if this constitution passes they will step up their protests dr mohamed sudan a spokesperson for the muslim brotherhood which boycotted the referendum says the new constitution will cement egypt's reputation as a reemerging police state. when some. few people still a term from there are citizens and then they said the group of. people which the. majority of the people and he said. there are still some argue the one to believe there. is a military state. police state otherwise. in the state of egypt as an army you can say that. has the state.
of course with you should come your way this our national heritage or vanity spread today. just one politician who initially agreed to have her portrayed painted later pulled out of press inquiries regarding the cost she said she considered the big picture. house of commons has commissioned portraits of its most illustrious members or a cost of hundreds of thousands of pounds of taxpayers how they feel about it. and in spain there's no shortage of rage over government spending the report soon on why crowds of demonstrators have descended on the city of burgos over a costly reconstruction scheme. the united nations is urging e.u.
members to take in syrian refugees who fled the war zone but are now struggling to survive in neighboring countries several european nations have answered the call and are granting asylum to syrians but one of the largest member states has been criticized for shutting its doors as tests are silly a reports. increasingly extreme humanitarian suffering there is a humanitarian crisis so britain is leading the way with humanitarian support but some might wonder whether it actually is the u.k. has committed five hundred million pounds of aid that to a cyst syria's neighbors like lebanon jordan turkey and iraq cope with the sheer number of refugees but that's as far as it's willing to go the u.k. is one criticized for saying no to the refugee agency has appealed to what syrians fleeing the conflict despite calls to open its doors for now why answer is still the latest count more than two million syrian refugees are at the borders of
neighboring countries this is. not just. on the. concert shared by seventeen other nations who've said yes it's hard to understand why they're taking this position given that this is something that we have done in the past problems the conflict in the balkans we took in thousands of kosovo. i fear that there may may be domestic immigration considerations that is influencing this come slap in the middle of a political climate and a national mood that's increasingly wary of anyone coming through the door we already have accepted a number of we have except i think about one thousand five hundred asylum seekers that is a fact we've already given shakey said it is a fact we have accepted hundreds and hundreds of individual asylum seekers from syria but factually speaking the un's most recent request is that countries all for
resettlement places for people who are still stuck in the region which does not include the fifteen hundred nick clegg says of apply for asylum in britain what the un has asked for is over and above the commitment in international law david cameron has called a serious friend and he's called this a refugee refugee crisis of our time in recognition of we. would respond does or sylvia r.t. london. some analysts say the refugee crisis is being used by foreign powers as an excuse to push their own agendas over syria. if everyone gave asylum to the refugees or there would be no more no more emergency it gives the whole syrian issue of moral from memphis is what you have refugees suffering you have been ignored when it's convenient and it's been quoted where no when it's when they're playing along with the game also france the u.k. and the united states are playing good cop bad cop where the united states claimed
that they are for peace and they contradict you know that john kerry's own spokespersons have contradicted him on several occasions no. u.s. appeals court has struck down measures enforcing net neutrality and equal access to all content online as a result broadband providers will soon be able to steer users traffic towards or away from certain websites the ruling followed a lawsuit brought by one of the country's largest mobile phone operators horizon against the federal communications commission the company challenge the f.c.c. is ban on providing extra bandwidth to certain websites giving them an edge in reaching consumers civil advocacy campaign or total boil says this preferential treatment for major commercial sites jeopardizes the future of the web. i think the biggest implication potentially is for content providers and for innovation we know that the innovations flourished online because the small players have equal access
to consumers as of this ruling a big company like rising could strike a deal with a video service and make a partner deal with them so that their content would always be delivered more quickly and makes it difficult for the next startup to get started if the decisions left unchallenged then there's nothing really stopping from that service provider from blocking access to specific content and if you block access to the most important online social organizing tools it may impact what they're able even to say. and how they can connect to communicate so absolutely there are starkly free speech concerns here. the veil of secrecy is slightly looked at on the life of the fugitive n.s.a. whistleblower edward snowden now has a new job the former cia employee joins the journalist glenn greenwald and his fellow whistleblowers on the board of the freedom of the press foundation read the
full story on our website. and a fishing net company is tasked with developing a remedy for space junk more on the revolutionary plans for a clean up in orbit at r.t. dot com. right from the scene. of the first three. and i think the jury. on our recorders were very. instrumental. to be in the mold a little. at a time of economic unease and deep welfare cuts british politicians haven't been holding back when it comes to immortalize and their colleagues on canvas and sculpture when taxpayers to pick up the tab artist polly boyko has the details.
they say a picture is worth a thousand was but in the case of the u.k. parliament it's more like a quarter of a million pounds it's been revealed that since ninety ninety five m.p.'s have splurged two hundred and fifty thousand pounds on commissioning portray to fellow parliamentarians to adorn the walls of the houses of parliament behind me take for example work and pensions secretary ian duncan smith his portrait cost ten thousand pounds a painting of foreign secretary william hague that cost four thousand pounds and a relatively small portrays have left wing m.p. diane abbott well that set back the taxpayer eleven thousand and seven hundred and fifty pounds the same amount that it cost to commission a life size bronze statue of baron s. that chair it turns out i think people will expect the parliament jewels or it is
to have portrayed of prime ministers or former speaker of the house of commons but looking at the list of people who have been immortalized on canvas or in broad over the last decade or two costing them a very wide and i think questions need to be asked as to exactly who is getting this privilege and whether it's worth taxpayers' money being spent on mars well the facts as you go knowledge obviously painters of politicians however talk of austerity possibly don't the best idea there are some things that cultural an artistic things that are worth paying the money for of the public purse because they. can be seen by everyone. but i have no interest in seeing in seeing paintings of all politicians and surely that i could have found the money some other way whether it be a charity you know donation private donations but it does seem. to come from you know you come from us as an art lover i think it's quite good because we sort of document are part of history and they can talk about it in the future. you know
they commission to these things and it was really risky at the time because they were in a lot of debt in response to criticism over the paintings of coleman spokesman said that the annual op budget has been reduced in light of the economic downturn but despite this just one politician who initially agreed to have her portrait painted later pulled out off to press inquiries regarding the cost she said she considered the big picture and no longer felt it was appropriate to splash all that public cash in times of austerity party boy artsy london. and elsewhere in the e.u. soaring unemployment means fierce competition for work places and it's the prettiest faces who are winning out job seekers in front say they're just discriminated against on the basis of their looks we hear one of them after the break.
ariel sharon has died and been given a state funeral he is called controversial and even a peacemaker by mainstream media and political plans and many other strong we reject these descriptions on this edition of strong talk with a simple question was ariel sharon. choose your language. of choice because we know in the financial system still some. choose good consensus to. choose the opinions that you think rate to. choose the stories could you please. choose be access to. and we should. stay on humans. just.
couldn't do. i will say that it's not if it's when. and we have some time. then years later. what's the difference it made no difference for me because i should not see it but you can look make good food for human to. wealthy british style sun it's time to. market why not. find out what's really happening to the global economy with mike stronger for a no holds barred look at the global financial headlines kinds a report on our. previous li peacekeepers for at present our concerns with
monitoring please post conflict environment nowadays there are increasingly asked to operate in a high risk while billy bottles is still illegal to stay. motionless with these people has closed over almost twenty years for me when people killed millions of displaced and refugees tens of thousands of women raped tens of thousands of children and recruited those soldiers will slaves no.
protesters in northern spain are marching against a major reconstruction plan in the city of borg offs. i. think the authorities want to revamp a boulevard at the cost of up to thirteen million euros locals say it's a waste of resources that will affect the city's poorest during a time of severe recession riots have broken out over the past few days with protesters torching trash cans and clashing with police we talked to one political analyst who says these events reflect the situation in the country as a whole. the demonstrators say that they will continue. protesting against this project because they they still don't believe that he's going to be the reason why people are so angry specifically because just in feet with the current situation of austerity of cutbacks seen in services this is an area which has suffered from
those cuts boxing public services recently so people they say they prefer a tour of schools and hospitals rather than parking lots this is the very conservative c.t.s. is is that other small city in space never happens something like that in a city like little or so this is probably. one of the symptoms of of how problematic is speed the situation on the whole in the whole of space. tribal leaders in the iraqi city of fallujah are in negotiations with al-qaeda linked militants armed groups have controlled the city for over a week now in today's breaking the set abby martin looks at who is responsible for the alarming turn of events. last week al-qaeda militants took control of the iraqi cities of ramadi and fallujah after days of nonstop violence according to independent iraqi news agency also want to grok three hundred seventy people have died in just the last ten days all about numbers hard to verify considering how
bodies are not being taken to the morgue and instead excluded from official death counts not you may remember fallujah as one of the primary deadly battleground during the height of the u.s. occupation. so what if the fall of the city signify for not only the progress of iraq but the region as a whole joining me now to discuss is eugene career ordinator for the answer coalition thank you so much for coming on metal thank you so much for having me so you jeanne what the main factors that are contributing to your failed state of iraq today well i think the key factor that we have to mention is that the occupation of iraq by the united states fundamentally destabilize the country the united states just completely disassembled the iraqi state as it existed and not only didn't really put anything in place but actually set up a structure which made it a sort of bit official for forces to become more the cereal to divide along sectarian and other sorts of lines of what we're seeing now is the real fruits of all of these time bombs land mines that were set by the u.s. occupation.
and other news around the world this hour a boy injured in a school shooting in the u.s. state of mexico has undergone a second round of surgery while an injured classmate is in stable condition that she wear head when a twelve year old opened fire with a shotgun just after morning classes began a teacher persuaded him to drop the weapon and the boy was taken into custody it's the second us school shooting in the space of three months. thousands of protesters have marched through thailand's capital keeping up calls for the government to resign demonstrators have occupied key road junctions and blocked state ministry buildings gunshots were fired at a crowd overnight ending at least two people people have pledged to stay on the streets until their rulers who they have large scale corruption are forced from power. the israeli defense minister has apologized for his remarks on the
u.s. secretary of state's middle east peace efforts and israeli newspaper quoted marché aiyar loan as saying that john kerry's attempts to attempts at israeli palestinian peace for messianic and obsessive the white house called the comment inappropriate kerry has been on a diplomatic push recently to outline a deal between the sides but progress has so far been halting. with the french media swamped with coverage of the president's colorful private life francoise all along has vowed to ease the tax burden on businesses and cut public spending by fifty billion euros a law also says he wants to streamline state bureaucracy while keeping france's social welfare model intact. previous controversial tax hikes and the so-called millionaire tax have seen some of france's wealthiest citizens head abroad and even change citizenship. another challenge facing europe's second biggest economy in two
thousand and fourteen is soaring unemployment while many of the country's young people are heading abroad to seek work those who remain say they are feeling increasingly discriminated against artist maria for national looks into what's behind those claims. human beauties glorified by poirot's single and artists like it or not we are drawn to beautiful people but we can't all be old paintings france is known as the world's fashion and beauty trendsetter but the gleaming smiles and slim waist line said gray's billboards and shop windows are also setting a trend with sam deeply undesirable consequences and sophists planned eight years at university she has two diplomas is a to collate and thoughtful but can't find a job she says because of her size. your the people think because i'm carrying some extra weight i don't have the bring some intelligence to take up
a post they were like sure really can't believe doing her job and they didn't even hide it in modal appearances like having an extra diploma we just completely wrong depressing and pure discrimination dance of the describes more than society as we like economy will mirror if you don't conform to the standards it sends you and others a negative image of yourself sid you are. tarring of course to the society is far from a gift with this problem soon becomes even more painful it leads to extra stress and depression it's just not fair. what answer fisa as she has been facing for years appears to be backed up by statistics. yes. we have a blonde here she got much more responses compared to an overweight person. sociologist. carried out an experiment in which he sent the same c.v. with different photos after
a change in the color of the skin hair weight age and sex the results were surprising. bridge to defend. there is more difference between a pretty blonde and an overweight or aging woman between someone of french origin and someone with african roots which means that discrimination by beauty and age is even more pronounced than race or origin based discrimination but no one pays any real attention to it. france and belgium and the only european countries where these type of discrimination is against a more physical appearance is i'm a nineteen criteria that employers are not allowed to base their decision on this into this is a very dangerous tendency people are pushed away from the market not because of a lack of qualifications but because of their hate weight or color of their eyes the person responsible for this cremations based on physical appearance could face up to three years in prison or pay a forty five thousand here
a fine but people don't even consider it discrimination it's considered normal and white wasn't you know a number of associations in france as well as world wide aim to protect the rights of their is not considered to be conventionally attractive but there are plenty who have already suffered thanks to the unofficial and unspoken beauty contest of the job market reflash nati from france. i'll be back with more news in about thirty minutes but up next it's cross talk with people about to watch our two international.
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where i want to go. with. the low and welcome to crossfire all things considered i'm peter lavelle ariel sharon has died in being given a state funeral he was called controversial and even a peacemaker by mainstream media and political classes many others strongly reject these descriptions for much of the world particular the palestinians sharon's
legacy is much more about hate violence intolerance and death on this edition of cross talk we ask a simple question who was ariel sharon. to cross not the life and times of ariel sharon i'm joined by my guest joshua landis in norman he is the director of the center of middle east studies at the university . he of oklahoma in washington we have use of moon year he is the executive director of the palestine center and in tel aviv we cross to amir oren he is the defense and government writer for harat daily all right gentlemen cross talk rules in effect that means you can jump in anytime you want and i want fair time for all three of my guests here joshua if i go to you first in norman vice president joe biden said at the funeral about sharon that he was a complex man who in gendered strong opinions. i suppose i could say that about you i could say that about myself.